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Dougherty Co. commissioner to attend historical Selma event

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

President Obama will join tens of thousands of people from around the country Saturday in Selma, Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of "bloody Sunday," a march that was a turning point in the civil rights movement.

Dougherty County Commissioner Anthony Jones is in Alabama for the event near Selma, where he grew up.

He plans to take in the festivities with his son, and says it's important for everyone to remember the important historical event.

"It's just a significant event that's part of history and it changed a lot of things here, and so we are just excited to be a part of it and go over there and just be there," said Commissioner Jones.

Events will include numerous workshops, a street festival, and President Obama's address from the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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